Ireland World T20 Profiles

  • Last Updated: March 7 2014, 14:06 GMT

We take a look at the Ireland squad for the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

William Porterfield: Ireland skipper
William Porterfield: Ireland skipper

William Porterfield (Captain, Age: 29, Caps: 34): A highly-respected skipper and an ever-present in Ireland's recent successes. A capable opening batsman but one half-century in 33 T20 innings does not do him justice.

Alex Cusack (33, 27): Brisbane-born all-rounder who has become an integral part of Ireland's limited-overs package. His tricky medium-pacers yielded career-best bowling figures of four for 11 against West Indies last month.

George Dockrell (21, 23): One of the aces in the Irish pack, Somerset slow left-armer Dockrell is an unusually consistent performer for a spinner of such tender years. Will relish the Bangladesh pitches and the responsibility of being the key man.

Ed Joyce (35, 15): The elder statesman of the group, Joyce has seen and done more than most in Irish cricket - including a spell with England. His experience will be key in the middle order.

Andrew McBrine (20, 0): Rookie leg-spinner yet to be capped in a full Twenty20 international. Has probably been selected to learn from the experience.

Tim Murtagh (32, 5): The Lambeth-born seamer might consider himself unlucky never to have been capped by England, but he brings a touch of class and control to his adopted country's new ball attack.

Kevin O'Brien (29, 34): Destined to go down in folklore as the big-hitter whose hundred downed England in the 2011 World Cup, O'Brien remains a destructive ball-striker when in the mood. Offers handy overs too.

Niall O'Brien (wk, 32, 21): In contrast to his younger brother's gung-ho style, the elder O'Brien prefers to chisel his runs out less flashily. A reliable contributor and a safe gloveman, when called upon.

Andrew Poynter (26, 7): A squad regular but yet to make his mark on the big stage thus far, Poynter will be looking to make his breakthrough as a lower middle-order batsman in Bangladesh.

Max Sorensen (28, 14): A flinty Johannesburg native, Sorensen has helped Ireland overcome the loss of pacemen Boyd Rankin (to England) and Trent Johnston (retired). Also yet to be dismissed in four Twenty20 innings.

James Shannon (24, 1): Given his chance by the regrettable absence of John Mooney, but Belfast-boy Shannon is unlikely to be a first-choice pick in a crowded middle-order.

Paul Stirling (23, 23): One of the most enjoyable batsmen to watch on the Associate circuit, Stirling has a joyous lack of regard for bowlers and can be destructive at the head of the innings. Also offers canny off-breaks.

Stuart Thompson (22, 2): Emerging all-rounder based at Belfast's Instonians Cricket Club. Impressed with 33 and two wickets on his second ODI against West Indies in February.

Gary Wilson (wk, 28, 31): A solid presence in the batting line-up, capable of both consolidating or quick-scoring. Highly-regarded at Surrey and a solid gloveman.

Craig Young (23, 0): The Sussex second-teamer is an inexperienced performer at the highest level and his medium-pacers are likely to be held in reserve barring injury.


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